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Detroit Rock City (1999)

 -  Comedy | Music  -  13 August 1999 (USA)
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A comedy about four teenagers in 1978 who try to scam their way into a KISS concert.

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Four members of a high school band called Mystery do everything they can to attend a KISS concert in Detroit. In order to make it to the show they must steal, cheat, strip, deal with an anti-rock mom and generally do whatever it takes to see the band that has inspired them to be musicians. Written by an Urban Achiever

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kiss | band | concert | teenager | high school | See more »

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They came. They saw. They rocked. See more »

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Comedy | Music

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Rated R for strong language, drug use and sex-related content | See all certifications »

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13 August 1999 (USA)  »

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The Kiss Movie  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£96,504 (UK) (22 October 1999)

Gross:

SGD 292,958 (Singapore) (28 January 2000)
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Trivia

Much of the memorabilia used in the film is from 'Simmons, Gene'' personal collection. See more »

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When Mrs. Bruce hands Jam the K-Mart box, the K-Mart logo on the corner changes from one style of logo to a completely different style between shots. (Clearly visible in full-screen.) See more »

Quotes

Trip: Whoa, man. I just had the killer-est vision, man. Imagine Mystery, openin' up for KISS, man.
Lex: Oh, that'd be fuckin' IT, man!
Trip: It could happen, man. it could happen!
Jam: You know, in '73, KISS was opening for Blue Oyster Cult. One year later, to the day, man, Blue Oyster Cult was opening for KISS.
Lex: Yeah, well, we're not gonna be openin' for anyone until our lead singer gets over his stage fright.
Hawk: [scoffs] Man, I don't have fucking stage fright, man!
Lex: Then why'd you pass out at Bing's party before the ...
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References Dance Fever (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
Written by Rupert Holmes
Performed by Rupert Holmes
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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This movie rocks!
20 April 2001 | by (Jersey City, NJ) – See all my reviews

I really don't see why this movie tanked and why it is hated by many. Maybe its poor box office performance was due partly to its R-rating, being that it appeals to a predominantly teenage demographic. But I found it to be funny, entertaining and downright awesome!

This is not a nostalgic piece. Other than the music, this film's characters seemed to be fished out of contemporary society. So the older viewers might not enjoy it QUITE as much. I have to say, my only disappointment was that Kiss only got to perform once, at the very end. Other than that, this is just a wildly funny comic ride with good performances from the main cast, as well as the supporting--Lin Shaye stands out as the ultra-protective, Bible-toting, chain-smoking mother who regards Kiss as "Knights in Satan's Service." Joe Flaherty, of SCTV fame, also has a funny cameo.

What can I say? I laughed a lot. I bobbed my head to the music. I had fun. That pretty much does it for me.

My score: 7 (out of 10)


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